FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2017
The City of West Kelowna is pleased to announce that, effective noon tomorrow, parks that were closed earlier this year due to extreme fire hazard will be reopened.
The city closed several community parks on July 18 due to the extreme fire hazard and very dry conditions. With cooler temperatures and showers in the forecast, the city will reopen the following parks by noon, Tuesday, September 12:
- Mt. Boucherie Trails, including Boucherie Rush and Boucherie Grind - East Boundary Road
- Eain Lamont Park – Lakeview Cove Road
- Rose Valley Trail access – McDougall Road
- Casa Palmero Park and Walkway – Casa Palmero Drive
- Davidson Creek Park – Shannon Woods Drive
- Shannon Way Park – Shannon Way
- Rock Ridge Park – Griffiths Place
- Wild Horse Park – Wild Horse Drive
The public is advised that the fire hazard rating is still high and are asked to use extreme caution when enjoying city parks. Smoking is not allowed in any city parks.
Open burning, including campfires and in backyard fire pits, is not allowed anywhere within the City of West Kelowna.
The use of fireworks is banned unless express permission is given from West Kelowna Fire Rescue.
Residents should use extreme caution with smoking materials, off road vehicles, and any tools or machinery that may spark, to avoid inadvertently starting a grass or forest fire.
From the Regional District of Central Okanagan
(Paraphrased: for full, original release, please visit www.regionaldistrict.com)
September 11, 2017
The recent showers and seasonal temperatures mean the gates to (several) Regional Parks will open once again.
Effective 12:00 noon Tuesday, September 12, visitors are welcome to return to the trails in (these Westside parks):
- Glen Canyon Regional Park, in West Kelowna
- Kalamoir Regional Park, in West Kelowna
- Rose Valley Regional Park, in West Kelowna
- Trepanier Creek Greenway Regional Park, near Peachland and West Kelowna
Please remember the fire hazard is still high and smoking and any motorized vehicles are not allowed at any time in regional parks. Please report any strange or unusual behavior to the appropriate authorities and report any fire by calling 9-1-1.
Visit www.regionaldistrict.com/pickapark for links to all regional parks.
The extended dry, hot conditions and resulting extreme fire hazard forced the prolonged and unprecedented closure, due to safety concerns. Many of these regional parks are close to neighbourhoods, with challenging access and terrain. With the high risk of any serious interface fire, it was prudent to close the parks in the interest of overall public safety.
Some RDCO parks will be closed for the rest of this year because of damage from the record high levels of Okanagan Lake and the extreme spring flooding. Recovery plans are being prepared for Hardy Falls Regional Park (in Peachland) and Killiney Beach Community Park (north of West Kelowna).